La Miel: The “Honey River”

One of my favorite experiences from our recent trip to Colombia was the time we spent at La Cachaza Hotel Ecologico on Rio La Miel, the “Honey River.” La Miel is a tributary of Rio Magdalena, Colombia’s largest river. To reach La Cachaza, we crossed the river by ferry, drove along a narrow dirt road, then unloaded our gear into motorboats for the ride to the resort. Our lodging there was in open-air bamboo cabins and we slept under mosquito nets. The next morning I explored the grounds before breakfast and later we took a ride up the river, hoping to reach a particular waterfall, but stymied by the presence of “illegal gold miners.” When we turned around to return, several of us slipped into the water to float down the river back to the resort. It was unmitigated fun.

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The ferry approaching our side of the river.
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Motorcyclists disembarking the ferry.
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Cyndy’s motorcycle on the ferry as we cross.
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The ferryman managing the non-motorized transport, moved with cables and current.
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The river at sunset.
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Morning at La Cachaza
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Our hut.

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The tropical flowers around the resort were lovely.

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Coffee service in the open-air dining area.
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Bill’s photo of his lunch.

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Water buffalo
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Orderly birds
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Fisherman on the river
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Bill’s photo of me enjoying the float.

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